In the final episode of Season 4, titled “Lazarus,” “Shameless” viewers meet Charlie Peters: the owner of the Golden House restaurant — later renamed Patsy’s Pies — who formerly dealt with alcohol addiction. Having gone through such an experience, he has a tendency to hire those recovering from addiction, hence why he’s quick to offer Fiona Gallagher (Emmy Rossum) a job following her release from prison. The actor tasked with bringing the character to life is Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who fans of “The Walking Dead” likely recognize as the former leader of the Saviors and wielder of a barbed-wire-wrapped baseball bat, Negan Smith.
With such a high-profile actor playing the character, one has to imagine that Charlie Peters would become a key player on “Shameless” in Season 5 and beyond. However, that’s not what happened, seeing as Peters and Morgan were never seen again after “Lazarus.” According to the “Walking Dead” star in an Instagram exchange (via Reddit), scheduling conflicts cut his “Shameless” run short. “I was in Mexico shooting ‘Texas rising’ and we just couldn’t work out my schedule to get back and film,” Morgan revealed. He seemed quite disappointed at the outcome, too, adding, “It was a bummer because I’m a big fan of ‘shameless’ and love that cast and John Wells.”
With “Shameless” now over, it’s unlikely we’ll ever get to see Jeffrey Dean Morgan spend more time on-screen as Charlie Peters. Plans were in place for him to do so, but fate clearly had other plans.
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